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Cam Newton rescues Panthers from near disaster

Cam Newton rescues Panthers from near disaster

Fate was briefly on the side of the New York Giants.

But the Carolina Panthers had Cam Newton ... and karma.

Bolstering his case for NFL most-valuable-player honors, Newton threw five touchdown passes and directed the winning field-goal drive inside of two minutes Sunday as the Panthers held on to beat the Giants, 38-35, and avoid an epic upset.

The Panthers are 14-0 and two victories from matching the 2007 New England Patriots as the only teams to win all 16 regular-season games. Those Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Giants, so they finished 18-1, meaning the 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only modern-era team to go undefeated for a season. A regular season was 14...